put a spin on
put a spin on (something)
To report or relay information to someone else in a way that makes their interpretation or understanding of it more palatable, acceptable, or favorable. Though the crime rate was still higher than anywhere else in the country, the police commissioner tried to put a positive spin on the report by applauding that the city had a 10% crime reduction from the previous year. No matter what the facts are, they're going to try to put a spin on it one way or another—that's what PR companies do!
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put a spin on something
to twist a report or story to one's advantage; to interpret an event to make it seem favorable or beneficial to oneself or one's cause. The mayor tried to put a positive spin on the damaging polls. The pundit's spin on the new legislation was highly critical.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
put a spin on
Give a certain meaning or interpretation to. Spin is usually modified by an adjective in this expression, as in Robert was adept at putting positive spin on weak financial reports, or This chef has put a new spin on seafood dishes. Also see spin doctor. [1980s]
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